PUBLIC FORUMS TO BE HELD IN HAMMOND, PONCHATOULA
The Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa Parishes (RPC) is currently developing the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)
and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
for the urbanized area of Tangipahoa Parish. These corresponding planning documents help to prioritize transportation projects in the urbanized area. The MTP is the chief legal document reflecting the resources, fundamental planning process, selection of projects, and long-term transportation needs and goals for the next 30 years. The TIP details funding and programming for the first tier of the MTP, federal fiscal years 2014 – 2017.
The RPC will be holding two Public Forums to provide information and receive comments on the MTP and TIP. Click
RPC WELCOMES TANGIPAHOA TO ITS RANKS
Tangipahoa is now the sixth full member of the Regional Planning Commission
and the organization's second north shore member.
Tangipahoa's eligibility to join the RPC reflects the parish's growth in recent years.
The Hammond/Ponchatoula area easily exceeded 50,000 residents as of the 2010
census, meeting the threshold for an urbanized area.
The addition of Tangipahoa expands the commission's board by five members to
31. Tangipahoa will have five representatives on the RPC: Parish President Gordon
Burgess; Parish Council Chairman Lionel Wells; Hammond Mayor Mayson Foster
and Ponchatoula Mayor Robert Zabbia, who will rotate annually; and two citizen
Hammond, the largest city in Tangipahoa Parish, is home to Southeastern
Louisiana University. Photo courtesy southeasternureporter.com
Among Ponchatoula's draws is the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, held in April.
Photo courtesy sweets.seriouseasts.com
As of 2013, the RPC functions as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the new urbanized area of Tangipahoa Parish. There are two complementary planning documents to meet the MPO responsibilities to prioritize projects in the urbanized area. The first is the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). It is the chief legal document reflecting the resources, the fundamental planning process, and the selection of projects for the region. The MTP describes the long-term transportation needs and goals over the next 30 years. The second is the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
and it details funding and programming for the first Tier of the MTP.
DRAFT MTP and TIP documents can be viewed currently by clicking on the links in the paragraph above. RPC encourages public comment. Please share your comments at http://www.norpc.org/get_involved.html: